Homeland Security for Whom?

(LewRockwell) – The Washington Post has published a splashy exposé about the mammoth “homeland security” intelligence empire that now burdens the United States, financially and ideologically.

As usual, however, there is no real historical context. And that lack of context is part of the story – not just the current dimensions of the empire.

I wrote the following article for Penthouse in the summer of 2003. It was reprinted by CounterPunch later that summer.

At the time I said: “This homeland security boondoggle is the biggest reorganization of the U.S. government in 50 years. It might even bankrupt the country and, perhaps intentionally, throw it into a Depression. That remains to be seen. What is certain is that at a cost of $50 billion in taxpayer’s money, the homeland security infrastructure will provide Bush with 170,000 political cadres, and the internal security he needs to assure the continuity of his political power indefinitely. Except for providing Bush with political internal security, there is no need for the Department of Homeland Security; it is a Trojan Horse through which Bush will unleash his ideological storm troopers and exploit his ill-gotten power to achieve permanent political dominance.”

I put the blame on “Bush” at the time (and the numbers have varied) but it’s really the national security state that’s to blame for the near Depression the homeland security state (financially and ideologically) has caused. And of course the Washington Post is part of the national security state – that secret group of people who control America through secret deals – the type of secret deals that enable Washington Post reporters’ access to anonymous CIA officers.

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One thought on “Homeland Security for Whom?

    A Canadian couple crossing the US border to go shopping at a Niagara Falls outlet mall is intimidated, interrogated & jailed by the Border Patrol for terrorism. They are harassed and questioned, told lies and thrown in a jail cell. They are asked which individual stores they were going to, and also stated they had the power to ask the address of where they were headed, so Police could call ahead and confirm they were expected. The Cops EVEN CLAIM they don’t need any grounds for their actions. THE COUPLE ALSO RECORDED THE ENTIRE ENCOUNTER.

    RAW Leaked Terrorist Interrogation Recording – US Canada Border -Police State.

    The Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRqioF9os-Y


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